Community Grant Cycle
The 2018 Community Grant Cycle information is available.
2018 Grant Application Deadline - April 9, 2018
BCF Community Grants focus on local funding opportunities that are tailored to support the long term success of children, youth and families throughout Benton County. All grant requests must be for a program which supports the growth and success of children, youth and families in Benton County and fit within one of the following priorities:
Arts and Culture (e.g. art programs, musical opportunities for youth)
Basic Needs (e.g. school supplies, emergency food)
Capacity Building and Capital Projects (e.g. supplies for programs, case management, infrastructure)
Investing in Youth (e.g. education, mentorship, early literacy, scholarships)
Science, Technology and the Environment (e.g. nature and technology focused summer camps or after school programs)
2017 Community Grant Cycle Recipients
In 2017, we funded programs that improved the health and wellness, including mental, physical, social and family health. Enhanced the development of families. Supported Programs that provide basic needs, goods and services to families and children. Increased equity opportunity for families and children.
Arts and Culture
Cornerstone Associates and WINGS, "Rock the Heart and Soul"
Corvallis-OSU Symphony, Symphony Performance for 4th and 5th grade students
Jackson Street Youth Services, Next Steps Program
Stone Soup, Food Program
Vina Moses, Back to School Program
Assistance League of Corvallis, Coats for Operation School Bell
Capacity Building and Capital Projects
Community Outreach Inc, Children's Services
Mid-Valley Harvest, Food Harvest Program
Philomath Community Services, Purchase and install lift
Room at the Inn, Case Management
Casa Latinos Unidos de Benton County, Educational Workshops
Investing in Youth
College Hill High School, Summer Farm Program
Old Mill Center, Therapeutic and Educational Support Program
South Benton Community Enhancement, Read on Wheels and Art in the Park
Corvallis Environmental Center, Healthy Schools Imitative
Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis, Summer Scholarships
Philomath Youth Activities Club, Scholarship Program
Science, Technology and the Environment
STEM Academy, Scholarship Program
If you received a grant from BCF in 2017 Impact Reports are due August 31, 2018. If the grant funds have been depleted, reports can be submitted prior to the deadline. Email Sarah Leskovec, Grants Manager with any questions.
Guthrie/Milsap Summer Youth Employment Initiative
BCF is proud to have again partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis ("BGCC") for a youth employment initiative. This is the fourth year of this collaborative summer youth employment initiative. In the summer of 2013 with BCF support and funding, BGCC, the Corvallis Parks & Recreation, Osborn Aquatic Center, and the Community Services Consortium successfully matriculated 8 teens through BGCC's pilot of T3: Training Teens for Tomorrow, previously known as Measures of Success. These 8 teens completed workforce training, interviewed with potential employers, accepted summer employment, and earned their first paychecks.
T3: Training Teens for Tomorrow is a phased-based, targeted, teen education and employment program that prepares youth with 21st Century skills to support and align academics with future career pathways and industry trends. The program also is a good match with the donor intent expressed in BCF's Guthrie and Millsap Endowed Funds.
BCF granted the distributable income from these funds to BGCC again in 2017 with the goals of raising the number of teens employed by the program and expanding the types of employment available to participants.
Lagestee Regional Initiative
Harry & Lorraine Lagestee generously supported Philomath and Corvallis organizations in their lifetimes and their Community Fund continues this support. Their fund is specific to the Philomath, Blodgett, Alsea and Summit communities to support families in crisis. BCF brought together many of the nonprofits already working in these areas for a collaborative approach to helping this region. With the leadership and coordination of Strengthening Rural Families this group has set three goals for this year: support of direct services for families and individuals, engaging in a resource and needs analysis, and a coordination of services between the organizations to improve navigation and access. The initiative cycle runs from July to June. We are happy to be able to partner and support the work done by this collaborative group.